Day 103 – Saturday, April 18, 2015 – Malaga Spain

Malaga, Spain. Our second of three stops in Spain and the last on in the Mediterranean Sea. Malaga with more than 3000 years of history including being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso turned out to be a very surprising stop in the most pleasant way. Its heritage encompasses the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs all of which left its mark on the city.

Pre-sunrise as we were arriving in Malaga.

We decided to not do a tour since the city was supposed to be very pedestrian friendly. One option we did consider was the tour to Granada and the Alhambra. I would really have loved to visit the Alhambra, but a 2 ½ hour drive each way was enough to dissuade us.

We were in town before 9:00 AM on this Saturday morning. It was interesting to see all the streets being washed.

I don’t believe I have ever been in any city with as many pedestrian streets as Melaga.

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We visited the Malaga Cathedral. Although nice on the outside, but not overly impressive, it is beautiful on the inside. We stopped to listen to Morning Mass. I didn’t understand a word but the service and song were beautiful.

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This device (machine) was located in a corner of the church. I have absolutely no idea what it is and don’t have the internet time to run it down until I return home. It sure looks impressive. If anyone know about this device feel free to make a comment on the blog.

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This wall was not tiles or mosaic, but bricks…

In the garden outside the cathedral I found this orange tree.

The North Tower. Although work on the Cathedral started during the Gothic period (16th century) with the old mosque of the Arabian city, the current building is of Renaissance style and is still unfinished. Funds ran out in 1782 and so work was stopped, leaving the south tower unbuilt. This lead to it being given the popular nickname of “The One-Armed Lady”.

Our next stop was a strenuous walking tour of the Alcazaba area. Built between the 11th and 14th centuries it was the palace fortress of the Muslim governors. It is built upon the remains of an older Phoenician fortress on the side of the mount of Gibralfaro, in a position high above the city.

The climb to the top was long and consisted of steps and inclined walkways. The landscaping was beautiful.

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A view of the Plaza De Toros De La Malagueta. The local bull fighting ring.

Another view from our ascent, this one of the MS Amsterdam.

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Back on the pedestrian streets, we saw this baby stroller. It looks like a great idea but would never be allowed in the US. It is a standard stroller but has a small seat mounted in front for a young toddler to sit on. No restraints, belts or even a back…

While exploring we found a market. It turned out to be a market for fresh fish and fresh fruits and vegetables. I loved it!

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How about an olive, or a few hundred pounds of olives and by the way you have many varieties to choose from.

We decided to walk back to the ship rather than take the port provided shuttle. It was a little over a mile, but a beautiful walk.

Part of the way was along shops and restaurants and had this beautiful covered walkway.

When going through my photos after returning to the ship, I told Kay that I have been traveling too long when I can pass a view like this and really don’t pay it any attention until I see it again in the photo. We have seen and participated in so many tremendous sights and experiences on this trip that we have quite literally become numb. Marvels which a few months ago would have stopped me in my tracks now only receive a passing nod. I believe I am ready to return home and become desensitized so I can again better appreciate the little things this wonderful life has to offer.

On to Cadiz, Spain tomorrow!

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One Response to Day 103 – Saturday, April 18, 2015 – Malaga Spain

  1. Teresa Ford says:

    I think your “mystery machine” is the clock machinery that came out of the old bell tower. My Spanish translation skills are sadly diminished these days!

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